Canon’s SNAPSHOT of the neighbourhood!


Once again, we received an overwhelming response to our Canon Snapshot of the Neighbourhood competition … and this year, Greenside’s Tasneem Coovadia’s photo of the autumn hues on a row of trees at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden caught the eyes of Canon’s experts.

Having dabbled in capturing and documenting special moments visually, Tasneem has honed her skills to bring to life the wonders of the landscapes that surround her. Her scenic shot of the botanical gardens shows the beauty that’s right in our neighbourhoods and immerses the viewer in nature. Tasneem excellently captured the garden’s spectacular golden hour, which is a total beauty all year round – and especially gorgeous in autumn when the leaves change colour and the park is ablaze with red and orange hues.

‘I love experimenting with my photography and sometimes the story is the journey of how I captured the image. I’ve also found more recently that photography has been my therapy,’ she says. This hobbyist draws inspiration from her children, neighbourhood and nature. She says she enjoys spending time at Emmarentia’s botanical oasis, picnicking, going for long walks or simply sitting on a bench admiring the view.  ‘I’ve always enjoyed all things creative … but photography is the one that brings me the greatest joy. I hope I never lose that feeling!’ a delighted Tasneem says.

Now feeling on top of the world at having won the Joburg North leg of the competition, Tasneem plans to continually learn, experiment and have fun while she captures and preserves the moments of today for tomorrow’s memories.

What a prize!

Tasneem Coovadia won a Canon PowerShot SX540 HS worth R3999. She’ll be able to use her camera to really zoom into her shots as it has a 50x ultrazoom with ultrawide angle. It doesn’t only take stunning photos … it’ll even record short clips (in full HD) with playback effects. This connected bridge camera allows for flexible shooting and easy framing (in fact it can be as simple or advanced as you like). It’s ideal to get snapping on holidays and at special occasions … and it’s sure to help her to effortlessly capture memorable moments.

Below are some more pictures from our readers that entered.

This photo was taken at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg recently –  this photo captures my neighborhood because it portrays a picture of peace – the movement of the bird taking flight – and the canoeist gliding over the water.

Photo: Adam Brand

The waterfall is hidden from the road and park however when we discovered it we definitely had to capture the beauty in our area knowing we don’t need to go far to get a beautiful shot with a waterfall in the background.

Photo: Ashlynne Flowers

I love the diverse birdlife. It’s amazing to be living in the middle of Johannesburg and be visited by a family of Egyptian Geese and be greeted by a variety of beautiful birds in the morning.

Photo: Martina Makanec

The burning sky! This photo of the Alice Lane Towers was taken on a Thursday evening during rush hour. I took this photo from the rooftop parking lot of Sandton City. I live close to Sandton City and for me this photo captures the glitzy, exciting, city-like transformation of the Sandton CBD.

Photo: Tasha Albinski

Having moved to Joburg North just 2 years ago,   I so enjoy the pavement gardens. I took this picture of the flowering aloes in the late afternoon on a late summer’s day.

Photo: Saskia Gil

South Africa is such a fascinating and diverse city with so many things to see around every corner. Each city in South Africa has its own unique brand of architecture and buildings. I truly feel that this image captures my neighbourhood as it is so unique and not like any other building in Sandton. Every time i drive past this building it amazes me how something so spectacular and so well designed can even be real. This image shows that we as South Africans are one big neighbourhood that can work together and keep on growing as fellow neighbours.

Photo: Dean Koonin